pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Determined)
Good news everyone!

I'm going to pay off my car this month.

Also my new job is going pretty well.

Also I finished the first read-through and edit of my next book. Onward to the next!


Aug. 24th, 2011 01:56 pm
pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Sadface)
At this point it looks like I'm staying here, the biggest reason by far being that I have no idea how to get my stuff over to Montana. After double checking all around, it turns out that no one in my family can afford a big truck or the gas that said big truck would require, and I don't want to give my stuff away because that would be complicated and would also mean I'd basically have, well... nothing left. Which sounds pretty materialistic, but hey, I'm kind of fond of having, I dunno, a dresser and a mattress and stuff. Anyways, I'm not quite that desperate yet. (Although I might be, soon.)

Unfortunately this locks me into being stuck here for another year. I had a lot of people in my last post suggest I wait to move until I secure a job over there; the downside with waiting to move is that I have a limited window of four months or so where the precarious mountain passes between here and Montana aren't covered with snow and ice. That window is about to close, and then I'll be stuck here, whether I want to be or not, until next summer. And knowing that I'm SO CLOSE to being able to move before I have to bunker down and deal with another long winter here, and then choosing to turn down that opportunity, is tough to do.

So, yeah, it's... looking like I'm stuck here, unless a bunch of money turns up from out of nowhere in the next week or so. I've had people suggest I just e-publish Windshifter already, which I honestly really want to do ASAP if only so I can finally get the danged project off of my back, but remember that Amazon only pays out four times a year or so. Not to mention, I'm not gonna pin any financial hopes on an e-book from a new and untested author. I mean, it's nice to dream, but I've gotta be realistic here...

Anyways, that's sort of where I'm at right now. I do appreciate all the advice and stuff that everyone has been giving me, and I apologize for my panicking and flailing and whatnot... I guess I will just have to make the best of it.

Some Stuff

Jul. 14th, 2011 08:55 am
pikestaff: (Photo Finish)
I worked on adding a new scene to my book yesterday... I didn't finish, because I wasn't particularly happy with how it was turning out (as I'm fond of saying: I ALWAYS hate my first drafts, no matter WHAT), but I got an okay start. Here's what I'm adding:

It's short, but I'm putting it under a cut in case you care about potential spoilers! )

I'm still aiming for July 31 as a "publication deadline", but I'm not going to rush it if we get to that point and it's not ready yet. Still, I am making an earnest attempt!

So in completely unrelated news I'm on Google+ now. This is me. I'm pretty dang open with who I add, so feel free to add me! I'm actually 99% sure I'm going to be phasing out Facebook usage in favor of Google+, partially because the new Facebook chat thing is ticking me off and partially because... I dunno, it just seems like I have more friends in general on Google+, whereas Facebook consists of a few people that I talk to and a bunch of people that I don't. So!


Jun. 30th, 2011 08:05 am
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
Well Chrome lasted about three days but I went back to Firefox. Reasons:

a.) Firefox has the better URL search bar
b.) I like having a separate search bar and how you can choose what you search with when you right click without getting an addon
c.) Easier to tweak fonts and font sizes (The Courier New that displays when I write LJ entries/blog posts is always really small for me and Firefox lets me fix this and Chrome doesn't)
d.) Once you add up all the Chrome addons I had installed it was using nearly as much memory as Firefox anyway.


Just once I want a browser that doesn't go all Pac-Man on my RAM, but until then~


So this weekend all of my sisters are going back to Bozeman to hang out with my dad for a couple of months. I am jealous like you would not believe. I really, really wish I was going. Unfortunately, I have work obligations here, and I couldn't afford to get out of them even if I could, so I am stuck way over here in the land of rain and gray skies and long commutes (and to be fair, though, really pretty drives.)

The only plus side about the whole thing is that I somehow ended up with a three day weekend this Saturday-Sunday-Monday, which NEVER HAPPENS because usually I'm working at least Saturday, and I'll have the house entirely to myself while everyone is gone. That's gonna be pretty great!
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
So I went and removed a bunch of reeeeally inactive people from my LJ friends list for no real reason other than the fact that I am a sperg and the list of friends on my profile page was getting really intimidating and unwieldy due to my having been around for so long and having been in about a million online communities, and it was starting to look like an eyesore. Did I mention I'm OCD?

If you have been active on LJ at any point in the last, like, two years, you're good.* Really the only reason I'm even mentioning this is because I know LJ sends out a big scary "SO-AND-SO HAS REMOVED YOU FROM THEIR FRIENDS LIST, DRAMA INC" email and in the rare event that somebody gets said email and has this sudden urge to return to a website they haven't visited in years just to see why I hate them, they can see that I actually don't hate them.

(And if you actually are one of those people and are in fact coming back, then just poke me or whatnot and I can re-add you. No hard feelings!)

So yeah~


* I also removed some older LJs of people who have since made newer LJs, so yeah don't panic if you're one of those people either :3


Jun. 12th, 2011 10:20 pm
pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Determined)
I don't think I'm going to do the current big project I'm brainstorming as my Summer NaNo book. I want to give said project a few more months to percolate and then do it in November, once I've got a more solid outline prepared. For summer I think I'm going to do something a lot more "light"-- something fun and breezy, just enough to keep my on my writers' toes. Like a humorous kids' book, or a short story compilation, or something.

I also think I want to e-publish Windshifter sooner rather than later. Yesterday I gave myself the rather optimistic goal of "sometime this week", but thinking about it that probably won't give me enough time to do a cover and one last proofread. Maybe by the end of the month? That sounds reasonable, right?

Ultimately, by this point, I just want to get it out there. It feels "finished" to me. There are things I could improve upon, sure, if I really wanted to, but it'd be a hassle and I think I should just move on. I mean, I got some pretty detailed feedback regarding my strengths and weaknesses as a writer from an actual publisher, so I figure if I take said feedback to heart and focus on my strengths and work on improving my weaknesses in my future books, then Windshifter (and Cricket Song) can just be stepping stones and trial runs, so to speak.

That's my logic, anyway~
pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Not Impressed)
So the bank that I applied at never called me back, and I'm too chicken to call them (I'm not sure who I would call, anyway, since I applied for a "put me at any of your branches" position), so I guess that's out. I sort of think the next step is to apply at Wal-Mart, though I'm sure the chances of that working out aren't very high because they must get about a billion job apps a week, on top of the fact that they aren't actively hiring right now anyway.


I reeeeally wish I could move back to Montana; from what my dad is telling me the job market is a lot better over there so long as you're willing to settle for retail, which I am at this point. Truthfully, the ONLY thing keeping me from moving back right now is that I've got some large pieces of furniture that I would have no way to get over there, and my mom does not want me to leave them here, and I have no idea what else to do with them. They're too large for me to take to a secondhand shop, and the idea of using Craigslist or something terrifies me. So I'm pretty stuck.

I wish that either I or my dad had enough money to get a moving truck over here, but I don't think that's going to happen. Le sigh. Either way, I think it's time to start going through my room and dumping a lot of my smaller stuff. I've moved so many times over the course of my life, and the last five years especially, that I feel like my whole "physical" life is just a mess, filled with things I don't need, duplicates of things I had at one point and can't find, etc. So a mass cleanup is in order. Maybe then I can figure out how to deal with the furniture.

Edit: K-Mart is hiring! Sears and K-Mart are basically the same thing after they merged so maybe I have a shot at this. Definitely applying. I'd save so much on gas.
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
Once a year or so I revamp my whole LJ theme, because I'm a dork who does that sort of thing, and I'm kind of feeling the urge to do that. LJ could really use some better themes, though. I mean they only have so many robot themes. Also I need a new mood theme (already) because Photobucket uploaded the Ponies one wrong and all the gifs are animated funny, and it's bothering me. And yes, I realize that exactly zero people care about all of this, but hey.

ALSO, guys, they haven't really released any details on this yet but the NaNoWriMo staff keeps dropping hints that they're making a new version of NaNoWriMo that happens in the summer. AKA two NaNos a year. Starting this year.

Do you know what this means?


It means I'll be writing two novels this year.

And perhaps every year, hereafter~ :3
pikestaff: (Applejack - Thinky)
At my current job, on a good sales day, I'm making about $11-$12 an hour. That's really not bad at all, and makes the long drive (barely) worth it. Still, between gas prices and only averaging about 22 hours a week... I'm barely pulling even, and all it will take is another week or two of particularly low hours (since I never know what I'll get, week to week) and I'll have to start doing things like canceling my phone and "forgetting" to make credit card payments. Which I'll do if I have to, but I'd really rather not.

So I've been looking for a job again that's actually in town. It'll probably end up being minimum wage, and as such I'll have to significantly up my hours to match the $12-ish I'm making now. Well, maybe not significantly, since I'll be saving so much gas money. But! Still. And to make a long story short, finding a job around here that's not part-time is next to impossible, which is why job hunting isn't going particularly well.

So then I thought... maybe I should be looking for jobs around Bozeman, too. Sure, it's 600 miles away or whatever, but if I said "I can work starting August 1" or something, that'd give me some time to get over there. If I'm jobhunting in two completely different towns-- since my mom is here, and my dad is over there-- that doubles my chances, right? Or is it not gonna work because they'll want interviews and stuff?

Anyways, it was just an idea. I'm mostly just rambling now because I'm somewhat bored and it's too early to go to bed... eh, I think I'll go to bed anyway. Ni-night!


Jan. 28th, 2011 11:30 pm
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
I feel silly for not updating in a while when I've been griping about other people failing to update, SO here's an obligatory life update.

Work and money situation are pretty much the same old.

The "Possibility of Moving Back to Montana This Summer" Plan is still undecided and completely up in the air, I see a lot of pros and cons for both sides of it. I'll give myself another couple of months to come to a more conclusive decision.

I think a couple of my fish are on their way out; this sort of distresses me since I toted my fish all the way here from Bozeman and I was so proud of how well they survived the move and how they were one of my links to "Home", but on the other hand I know it's related either to old age (I've had all but one of these fish for about a year or so now) or in-tank bickering (which happens), so I don't feel too bad. Plus, all my other fish are still doing great.

In video game related news I'm playing Phoenix Wright (finally) and keeping DerpCars open in a tab most of the day.

I'm not sure what to make of WoW at this point in time. I firmly believe that Cataclysm was, by and large, a Good Expansion, but upon getting my main to 85 I just sort of lost interest. I've done the gear grind twice and the thought of doing it a third time is not appealing to me right now, and alts are only holding my interest for so long. But you know, having played it for this long, and with my blog pretty much already stagnant, the idea of "quitting" or "hiatusing" isn't as big of a deal to me as it used to be, so I figure if I want to, I'll quit subscribing for a couple of months and it's no big deal. We'll see. *shrug*

I still am having trouble talking myself into editing "Cricket Song". I'm not sure why. I'm getting fanart up the wazoo for it from my sisters, though, which makes me feel good. Oh, and I now have two competing ideas for Script Frenzy in April. They're both really good. TEST YOUR MIGHT.


Jan. 18th, 2011 10:08 pm
pikestaff: (Proud Charmander)
Two of my sisters have now finished reading "Cricket Song". Both of them are basically enamored with it and keep asking me trillions of questions regarding details of the world and characters. In addition both want to draw fanart and both want me to write a sequel post haste.

This is ironic because really, this was just a one-shot I wrote up to get an idea out of my head; I had no idea it was gonna be such a big hit.

Maybe this thing has got more potential than I thought it did...

...inspired to edit now! =D
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
This will probably end up being a somewhat pointless post, but I wanted to post a recap of the year.

Out of all the years of my life this one probably had the most highs and lows. Between parents divorcing, being uprooted and moving across country with little notice, leaving a job that I enjoyed very much, my relationship ending, ongoing health issues, and that scary month and a half of unemployment, well... I'm sure you all had to put up with enough of my whining to last forever.

But then this last week happened. I got a very nice art tablet for Christmas (one of the better ones, from what I can tell), which I was not expecting. Work informed me that due to my willingness to come in if they need me, even on my days off, I will now be a permanent employee and not just seasonal. (They don't know where they're going to put me yet... but I'm sticking around.)

Then a publisher said they wanted to read my novel.

...and then, I got a paycheck that was unbelievably bigger than I anticipated it would be (commissions apparently pay a heck of a lot), and if that keeps up even CLOSE to that, then paying-off-my-debts and eventually becoming self-sufficient again is looking like a reasonable goal for the first time in months.

There is a part of me that's still not ready to believe all of this yet, as though I'm expecting the universe to go all "LOL I TROL U :trollface:" any moment now and take it all back, but hopefully that's not the case. So come on, 2011... don't be a hater.

Happy New Years, world!
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
OKAY, I was bored so I did this super long meme. I guess it was apparently supposed to be done last year, but I'm a bit slow on the uptake. Feel free to skip if it's tl;dr/Cool Story Bro/etc.

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] rewire for doing it and giving me the idea!


A decade in review meme

It's hard to believe it's been ten years! These meme exists to highlight everything that made us who we are over the last ten years. Feel free to fill this out and send it around!

Original + copypaste code can be found here: [livejournal.com profile] awakenedpoet

2000-2010 meme )
pikestaff: (Profferlink - Thinking)
NaNoWriMo 2010 is in a few months. Despite the fact that my current book is still languishing in editing limbo (lawl), I'm already looking ahead to what I'm going to write about this November (and having a hard time deciding):

Idea 1: Middle grade/young adult-- contemporary world with a few weird twists as well as a brief dip into an alternate universe of sorts. Basically what I was going for, was if Pixar and Tim Burton teamed up and made a slightly "older" version of Where the Wild Things Are. Strives to answer the question that haunts every creative person... "am I unique, and do my creations really matter?" Imaginary friends and other assorted psychological phenomena are involved. As of now this one would be the easiest for me to write, largely because I already have this thing very tightly outlined from start to finish, but also because it's a rather personal subject matter that's close to my thoughts.

Idea 2: Post-apocalyptic science fiction about a boy and his robot. Retells the Adam & Eve story from the point of view that the Fall was Good and not Bad. Also ties it into the idea of artificial intelligence gaining sentience. I haven't developed much of this story beyond that but I think it has a lot of potential. It would need massive amounts of outlining though. But. ROBOTS.

Idea 3: "Windshifter" sequel... honestly, not so much of a sequel as a completely new story with new characters that takes place in the same universe. No idea what I want to do with a story but the main character would probably be female and she'd have a zydekon buddy (cause zydekons didn't get to do enough in the first book)... Profferlink and a few others would probably make cameos or have bit roles; there would mostly be new characters though. Also considering coming from way outta left field and setting it in the same universe a few decades into the future-- "dieselpunk" it. Anyways, I don't really think I want to do this one this year (next year, perhaps) but I wanted it up as a third option just in case.


(Of course, knowing me, I'm going to come up with some wild idea the day before NaNo starts and want to do that instead.)
pikestaff: (March Hare)

You know, like that is gonna surprise anyone.


So now that it's only a few months until Halloween (crazy right?) I'm thinking of my costume. I want to be my own interpretation of the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. I figure this means modifying a rabbit costume so it includes a waistcoat and a (preferably vintage) pocketwatch. I'm not sure to what lengths I intend to take the "rabbit" part, though; I mean, I could either go all-out fursuit style (though probably without a mask), or I could go for a more... "Neovictorian with added bunny ears" look. I worry that last one would end up looking inadvertently like some sort of steampunk playboy bunny, though, so...

Yeah, who's good at sewing, by the way? Cause I'm not.

I'm going to make a real LJ post later.

Edit: OMG FINALLY a way to select your LJ tags from a list. I have like 200 tags so this is gonna be so handy.


Jul. 7th, 2010 09:37 pm
pikestaff: (Jedi Pooh)
I keep thinking I should update LJ but I'm not sure what to update it with.

Umm, I'm still waiting for my Neopets accounts to come back. I've sorta kinda switched to Teripets, which is a site I've played off and on since 2005. It's basically Neopets except run by individuals out-of-pocket rather than run by a big corporation. It has a fraction of the community and a fraction of the stuff to do, but the art is pretty and it has the basics that I'm looking for (customizable pet site that involves things like restocking/moneymaking) and I'm sure their customer service doesn't take weeks to get back to you =P

Actually, as far as Neopets is concerned, I'm 90% certain I'm never gonna see my Draik again, because in my well-meaning idea to send him over to a side, I inadvertently sent him to a side that had been cracked before, and Neopets gets harsher and harsher the more a certain account has been cracked. So while I think I'm on step 475 of 476 of getting my main account back, I'm still somewhere around step 1 or 2 on the side, and I think they're gonna keep ignoring me. GG, self!

/end Neopets rambles that nobody will care about or comprehend

Ummm my apartment gets inspected tomorrow. Most of my family is gonna head over in the morning with me and help me clean. Then I'll finally be done with the whole ordeal. Except for the unpacking bit...

BUT ON THE OTHER HAND: Toy Story 3 tomorrow! I love that I've grown up with this series. I was in sixth grade when I saw the first. <3
pikestaff: (Pichu ^^)
I know you all are sick of hearing about my novel rambles but I just got feedback from someone who said it reminded her of His Dark Materials and CLOUD NINE, I AM ON IT.

Achievement Unlocked: [Have Your Novel Compared To One Of Your Fave Series, Which Also Doubled As a Massive Inspiration]

A different reader also compared my villain to Ratigan from Great Mouse Detective, which truthfully wasn't exactly the desired effect but on the other hand, OMG Great Mouse Detective, I AM SO NOT COMPLAINING.


My book is of course far from perfect, I've gotten a lot of great constructive feedback thus far and am super excited to get even more. It's funny because the things I assumed would cause problems and get the most feedback-- are getting little to none, while I am getting feedback on a variety of things that hadn't even occurred to me yet. It's so exciting to hear from non-myopic sets of eyes.


sorry about the friends' list spam

Have a robot unicorn that I drew!


Mar. 4th, 2010 10:10 pm
pikestaff: (Clockwork Hare)
So I decided today was "Bring Your Fictional Character to Work" day and spent a lot of time at work reeeeeeally trying to rough out more of my book's characters, because I felt that too many of them were too... shallow, I suppose. I'd pick a character and toss a lot of seemingly insignificant questions at it and come up with answers to try to work out backstory.

It was... actually pretty darn effective. I got some ideas that I wasn't expecting. So, now Sparktender is no longer the only major character who is toting around a crapton of emotional baggage.

This will be fun to write.

*no one cares*

*posted this entry primarily because she thought "Bring Your Fictional Character to Work Day" was clever*
pikestaff: (PikaRaichu)
I got an e-mail from my sisters where they all talk about my book in depth and then give me advice and constructive criticism. Which is exactly the kind of e-mail I was looking for. So I'm happy about that.

In general they bring up a lot of things that I already suspected: the characters seem to get away from danger too easily, the book moves too fast for characters to show much depth, etc. ... though everyone also brought up a point that hadn't occurred to me before, namely, apparently the book reads like a "young adult" novel in formula and format but uses words and a writing style that come off as "too advanced" for young adult. So, um... not sure what to do about that, really >_> I think that's just how I write. You know, not condescending to anybody. Even with my kids' books.

I was also specifically advised to "be more descriptive, but not as much as J.R.R. Tolkien", which made me LOL from the phrasing, but really this one sort of surprises me because I thought I was being overly-descriptive on my first read through. Apparently not?

But on the other hand being rated 7.7 when "Harry Potter is about an 8" is a pretty good start, riiiiiiight?

And my oldest sister really needs to finish because my best stuff is at the end. *HINT HINT BECAUSE I THINK SHE READS THIS.*

Actually I'm feeling better about all of this, the reviews were helpful, AND, yesterday I started writing a massive outline for the story and I was adding, in red letters, things that needed to be added and I think it's going to work out well as far as editing goes. This way I can figure out where to add everything into the story first, and then write it.

We might be gettin' somewhere!


Jan. 12th, 2010 01:14 pm
pikestaff: (Default)
I'm still feeling that writing-inspiration is rather hard to come by at the moment. It's just so hard to fit new stuff into a story that is already rather tight, and sometimes I get things that I've already put into the book and things that are still in my mind... mixed up.

On the other hand, my writing journal thingy is coming along nicely. I write in it nearly once a day, at least, and it's helping to keep the characters, themes, and plotlines fresh in my mind.

I think maybe I'm trying to hard and am too much of a perfectionist at this point >_>

Other than that, and the fact that the heat in my apartment mysteriously stopped working last night (it's fixed now, though) things are going pretty good.

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